Well, our national broadcaster, the CBC, has done it again - or rather, is doing it again. If you participated in last year's Live Right Now campaign that resulted in Canadians losing an astounding one million pounds, I think you'll be all over their next endeavour: to find 'The Live Right Now Capital of Canada."
In other words: what's the healthiest community in our country? Maybe it's yours. “Since the launch of Live Right Now in January, more than 50 dedicated communities across our country have joined together to improve their overall health and quality of life,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “The level of commitment and dedication we’ve seen from Canadians nationwide has been truly inspiring – it’s going to be really tough to crown only one Live Right Now Capital of Canada.” Not to toot our own horn, but a gang of us at Canadian Living embraced the Live Right Now Challenge last year and had a blast doing it. Our lesson learned: fitness can be fun. That's when it sticks. CBC is going to find the community that most embodies the spirit of Live Right Now. You can nominate your own community starting today, Jan. 13. So what are the hallmarks of a healthy community? Think athletic activities, impressive lifestyle changes, infectious team spirit, plus commitment and dedication to getting and staying healthy. Of course, it's apparent many Canadian towns and cities have what it takes to be healthy. When Kingston, Ontario can boast about the Kingston RoadRunners Association, and Burnaby, British Columbia residents ski, hike and cycle to their heart's content (literally) when they join the Burnaby Outdoor Club, and youth have access to the Mount Pearl Soccer Association, then you know the country is on the right track. To nominate your community, submit your inspirational stories, photos and/or videos online at LiveRightNow.ca, or by email at LiveRightNow@cbc.ca. Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be joining the competition. And the winning community will be announced by Live Right Now Ambassadors Steven and Chris in Ottawa on Canada Day. Stay tuned to CBC Television’s Steven and Chris for regular updates. Maybe you're power-walking this season with your neighbors in Digby, Nova Scotia, or organizing a jogging club in your subdivision in the south end of Calgary. Perhaps your book club in Hamilton, Ontario will close the books and strap on pedometers to exercise the body in addition to the brain. Log on, tell your story to the CBC. One of you could be named the Live Right Now Capital of the country. Who's it going to be Canada?